Occasionally a child will need to receive medications at school.
When this is necessary the parent is responsible for obtaining a
Medication Authorization Form from the school nurse or school
office. The doctor as well as the parent must sign the
authorization form for ANY medication to be given at school
including over the counter meds. Certain medications (i.e.
inhalers) can be self-administered; therefore, that part of the
medication authorization form must be signed also. The form allows
the physician to give the school directions on how to give the
required medication and any side effects that may occur from the
medication. Medication cannot be given until both the physician and
the parent have signed the Medication Authorization Form. The first
dose of any medication should be given at home where any reaction
may be observed by the parent/guardian and reported to the
All medicines must be in the original prescription bottle
clearly labeled by the pharmacist with the student's name, name of
the medication, dosage and time the medication should be given at
school. Most pharmacists will be glad to give you an extra labeled
bottle to keep at school if you ask. All controlled medications
including, but not limited to ADHD meds and pain meds must be
brought to school by a parent. The student is not allowed to
transport such medications.
Parents are responsible for keeping their child's medicine
refilled for school use and for getting an updated Medication
Authorization Form signed by the physician when there is a
medication arid/or dosage change. There should never be more than
one month's supply of medicine left at school.
Parents are encouraged to schedule medication times before or
after school, if at all possible. Securing and safeguarding
medicine and children leaving the classroom for medication are both
time consuming and disruptive. With the realization that at times
medication during the school day is necessary in order that the
child be present at school, full cooperation will be given to the
parents/guardians and full cooperation is expected in return.
WHEN TO KEEP THE STUDENT HOME
Regular attendance at school is encouraged and is necessary for
the student's progress. However, he/she should stay at home if
he/she has any of the following conditions in order to prevent the
spread of communicable diseases to others.
1. Fever - temperature of 100 or above. Student should remain
home until fever free for 24 hours or on antibiotics for 24
- 2. Vomiting - Student should not attend school if they have
vomited within the last 24 hours.
- 3. Diarrhea - Student should remain home if they have had
diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
4. Undiagnosed Rash - Student should not attend school until the
rash has been diagnosed and treated. It could be measles,
chickenpox or some other contagious disease.
5. Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) - Pink eye is contagious. Student
should be seen by a doctor and treated before returning to
Any student suffering from a chronic illness, such as asthma,
heart problems, cancer, etc., may need special attention by the
school faculty and staff. The parent should notify the school of
such an illness and any treatment routinely or occasionally needed
by the student on the health assessment form given out by the